Darke Hardback

AUTHOR: Rick Gekoski
PUBLISHED: 2nd February 2017
ISBN: 9781782119364

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Dr James Darke has expelled himself from the world. He writes compulsively in his 'coming of old age' journal; he eats little, drinks and smokes a lot. Meditating on what he has lost - the loves of his life, both dead and alive - he tries to console himself with the wisdom of the great thinkers and poets, yet finds nothing but disappointment. But cracks of light appear in his carefully managed darkness; he begins to emerge from his self-imposed exile, drawn by the tender, bruised filaments of love for his daughter and grandson.

Rich in ideas and feeling, Rick Gekoski's debut novel is provocative and timely. With scalding prose, ruthless intelligence and an unforgettably vivid protagonist, it faces some of the greatest, most uncomfortable questions about how we choose to live, and how to die.
'Rick Gekoski's impressive debut novel . . . <i>Darke</i> is both a tender and hard-hitting examination of grief and the slow, singular healing process . . . A brilliantly vivid creation . . . life-affirming and life-shattering', The Herald
'Stuffed with more wisdom, bile, wit and tenderness than many writers create in a lifetime. In James Darke we have a hero as troubled and eternal as King Lear . . . And in Rick Gekoski we have a late-flowering genius of a novelist who proves it's never too late to start a glittering career in fiction', The Times
'An immensely enjoyable elegy . . . done with precision and patience', Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman
'Surprising . . . with a warmth that is genuinely and unexpectedly moving', Guardian
'An original and bleakly funny portrait of grief', Economist

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